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The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) requests public comments on many types of draft documents: Basin Plan amendments, adoption of TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads), NPDES permits, Waste Discharge Requirements, Site Cleanup Requirements, Enforcement Orders, California Environmental Quality Act documents and more. This page contains links to public notices for projects currently in a public comment period. In addition, you will find links to pages containing support materials (fact sheets, regulation text, etc.) below the public notices.

You may also visit the Water Board Meeting Calendar for information about comment periods, public hearings and meetings.


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Basin Planning and TMDLs


  • There are currently no Basin Planning Public Notices






Agriculture


  • There are currently no Agricultural Public Notices





NPDES


  • For public notices and draft documents for review on NPDES related matter, please see Proposed (Tentative) Orders for Consideration by the Board.







Site Cleanup


The draft Tentative Order would amend Site Cleanup Requirements established in Order No. R2-2014-007 for Marinwood Plaza, LLC, former Prosperity Cleaners, 187 Marinwood Avenue, Marinwood, Marin County. The draft Tentative Order clarifies the requirements included in Task 2 and modifies the compliance date for Task 3 of the Order. It also decouples the onsite and offsite interim remedial action work products in Tasks 4 and 5. Written comments on the draft Tentative Order will be accepted by the Regional Water Board at our office until 5:00 p.m. on August 27, 2014.


Draft Tentative Orders are being considered for the properties located at 1643 and 1705 Contra Costa Boulevard, Pleasant Hill. The Regional Water Board will consider this item at its September 10, 2014, meeting. The public comment period is closed and staff are processing comments.







Section 401 Water Quality Certification


On August 11, 2014 the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) received an application from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) requesting Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the U.S. Highway 101 storm drain outfall extension project at Crissy Field Beach in San Francisco.

Caltrans is proposing to replace an existing 42-inch diameter storm drain outfall pipe with a 54-inch diameter pipe. The new outfall will extend approximately 296 feet further into San Francisco Bay than the existing outfall. The storm drain system proposed for replacement carries runoff from U.S. Highway 101 and the Presidio property to San Francisco Bay. Refer to the 401 Application link below for additional information on the Project. Comments may be submitted via email to derek.beauduy@waterboards.ca.gov, or by sending hard copies to the Water Board at 1515 Clay St., Suite 1400, Oakland, CA, 94612, to the attention of Derek Beauduy. Comments on the project and/or application must be submitted no later than September 4, 2014.



The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) received a new application for Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification (401 Application) from the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA) on July 31, 2014, for the San Francisquito Creek Flood Reduction, Ecosystem Restoration, and Recreation Project (Project). The JPA proposes to implement the Project to improve flood protection, enhance wildlife habitat, and recreational use along 7,500 linear feet (263 acres) of the lower reach of San Francisquito Creek from Highway 101 to the mouth of San Francisco Bay. The Project as proposed includes constructing floodwalls in the upper reach, modifying or setting back existing levees, installing erosion protection at select locations, building a boardwalk extension to the Friendship Bridge to accommodate the wider channel, and planting tidal marsh vegetation. The Project will result in 8.31 acres of permanent impacts and 3.14 acres of temporary impacts, for a total of 11.44 acres of impacts to waters of the State. The Project proposes to use 7.4 acres of the adjacent Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course (Golf Course) as part of the Golf Course Reconfiguration Project to increase channel capacity. A separate 401 application for the Golf Course Reconfiguration Project has been submitted to the Water Board by the City of Palo Alto. Water Board staff posted the City’s application on July 10, 2014, and the comment period ended on July 31, 2014.

In March 2013, the JPA submitted an incomplete application for certification of the Project to the Water Board that included a design that would potentially have had significant impacts to endangered species habitat, including habitat of the California Clapper Rail. The Water Board denied that application in February 2014 after several iterations of design alternatives were unsuccessful at reducing impacts. The denial was without prejudice, and the JPA has submitted the 401 Application in response to that denial.

The Water Board will hold a public workshop on the 401 Application for the Project during its regular Board meeting on August 13, 2014. No action will be taken at the Board meeting. Please see details at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sanfranciscobay/board_info/agendas/2014/August/08-13-14_Board_Meeting.pdf

Comments may be submitted via email to margarete.beth@waterboards.ca.gov or by sending hard copies to the Water Board, 1515 Clay St., Suite 1400, Oakland, CA, 94612-1482, to the attention of Margarete Beth. Comments on the 401 Application must be received no later than 5 PM on August 22, 2014.



The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) received an application for Clean Water Act Section 401 water quality certification (401 Application) on December 24, 2013, for the project to reconfigure the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course in Santa Clara County (Project). The Project will impact about 2.24 acres of wetlands. The Project site is adjacent to San Francisquito Creek and the alignment of the proposed San Francisquito Creek Joint Power Authority (SFCJPA) Flood Reduction Project, which will permanently incorporate 7.4 acres of the current golf course into the SFCJPA project. Water Board staff have expressed concerns about the extent to which the Golf Course Project and the Lower San Francisquito Creek Flood Control Project represent separate projects.

Water Board staff provided the City of Palo Alto with incomplete 401 Application letters on January 15, 2014, February 28, 2014, and May 1, 2014. Links are provided below to the initial application materials, the draft EIR, the Water Board’s third incomplete application letter, and the response materials to the Water Board’s third incomplete application letter. Comments on the 401 Application will be accepted by the Water Board for 21 days (from July 10, 2014 to July 31). Comments may be submitted via email to brian.wines@waterboards.ca.gov or by sending hardcopies to 1515 Clay St., Suite 1400, to the attention of Brian Wines.



The owner of the former Leona Heights Sulfur Mine in the City of Oakland has applied to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board for a Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for remediation of the site and restoration of a portion of Leona Creek. Water Board staff are reviewing the application materials and plan to issue a certification that the Project will not violate State water quality standards. Staff anticipate issuing the 401 Certification in May 2014, after the City of Oakland has issued a Notice of Determination that the project has complied with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).








Urban Stormwater


A Revision for the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit is Now Available Here.